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US mission unaccomplished

Views - 97 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:10

“If the history of knowledge about Islam in the West has been too closely tied to conquest and domination, the time has come to these ties to be severed completely. About this one cannot be too emphatic. For otherwise we will not only face protract


Dis-imprisoning a Thero

Views - 187 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:10

The disorderly and bellicose reverend with an irrepressible proclivity for vitriol and incitement met his waterloo of all places inside a courthouse. Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara shouted at the presiding Judg


How and why perceptions count – and corrupt

Views - 168 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:20

Much has been made of it. If you haven’t heard about CPI 2018, you’re probably living under a rock. And if you don’t want to see what creepy-crawlies dwell there alongside a pure in heart you, don’t pick it – the rock, or CPI 2018 – up. B


Sri Lanka’s debt- ridden independence

Views - 802 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:05

On 4 February, Sri Lanka will clock 71 years since we got our independence from the British. Sri Lanka, today, has an estimated $ 87 billion GDP, an economy which is much bigger than what the numbers really reflect. However, the $ 87 billion economy


Passing the Animal Welfare Bill – an urgent need

Views - 85 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

As a veterinary practice, we at Pet Vet Clinic absolutely believe that animal welfare should be at the core and heart of all that we do as veterinarians and para-veterinary professionals. As such, we unequivocally believe that it is of utmost importa


Next choice of Sri Lanka, a People’s Constitution

Views - 160 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

At a meeting convened by the Punarudaya Movement, which was attended by 46 people’s organisations on 19 January at Kobbekaduwa Institution, Colombo, the topic of making a new constitution for the country was discussed at length reaching a consensus


The mirage that is COPE

Views - 178 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti has very candidly stated inter-alia in his seventh COPE report under the Chairman’s Note as follows: “Whether the public will have confidence in COPE and in Parliament in general or not depends entirely on the trus


The Sri Lankan FTA debate: Substance and semantics: Final Part

Views - 311 Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:23

Unlike the SLIFTA and the SLPFTA, SLSFTA is a modern FTA.It has a wider range of reform provisions going beyond liberalisationoftrade in goods to include other areassuch asservices, movement of professionals, telecommunications and electronic commerc


Independence of the judiciary worldwide

Views - 124 Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:16

This is a very difficult question to answer and it is only the average citizen/litigant who may be capable of answering this million dollar question. In the West and many other in the Commonwealth and civil law jurisdictions, the judiciary is indepe


50 shades of Sumanthiran

Views - 300 Thursday, 31 January 2019 00:55

Although he didn’t reply to my open letter sent earlier, I feel like I have made a connection with Abraham Sumanthiran, MP. Firstly, I should thank Sumanthiran for speaking openly at a public television debate held on 22 January. He should’ve spo


The Sri Lankan FTA debate: Substance and semantics: Part 2

Views - 1022 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:10

This section begins with a stage-setting discussion of the relative importance of supply-side and demand-side factors for Sri Lanka’s export performance and the compatibility of Sri Lankan trade patterns with that of the existing and potential FTA


Destination marketing is everybody’s business

Views - 199 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:04

Sri Lanka has not got its due position in the world as it has created its own downfall due to challenges created on many fronts for decades. Seventy years of bad political and administrative decisions along with pure self-centric segments of the busi


May the good men take care of the public good! Do we have such leaders? Part 1

Views - 160 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:00

The first Governor-General, Sir Henry Monck Mason Moore, of independent Ceylon, had said that “Ceylon would prove the best bet in Asia”. Likewise, it had been the considered opinion of everybody that Ceylon had excellent prospects of achieving ec


CSE: The cussed Stock Exchange

Views - 328 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s only Stock Exchange in a bid to show activity recently obtained some good publicity. Due to a concerning lack of recent progress, things the Stock Exchange will achieve in the future were highlighted1. Also mentioned were trips abroad b


The Sri Lankan FTA debate: Substance and semantics: Part 1

Views - 495 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:43

The Government of Sri Lanka has embraced Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) as a key focus of the national trade and development strategy. The rationale of this policy choice has been intensely debated in Sri Lankan policy circles. The debate has reached a


Paranoia in the nanny state

Views - 192 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:40

A week is a long time in politics. In terms of the type of realpolitik practised in certain republics, it’s a grain of sand. Or, to coin a phrase, a line of crack on a glass table. Today (your yesterday, dear unsuspecting reader), marks the end of


Advanced vocational training opportunities for Sri Lanka’s youth

Views - 303 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:37

Relevant and pertinent questions regarding the missed opportunities of our great nation have appeared in the public domain for decades, raised by both local and international economists and other intellectuals alike. Same has also been a popular subj


Sri Lankan housewife raises her head

Views - 255 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:21

Whilst Sri Lanka is grappling with a 2.9% GDP growth in Q3 2018, which happens to be the lowest growth seen in the recent history of Sri Lanka, thankfully the Sri Lanka housewife is raising the head at the household end due to the low inflationary at


Good governance and economic development

Views - 6499 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:30

The presence of good governance at both the public and private sectors in a country has been viewed as a positive contributor to sustained economic growth. At the private sector level, practising good governance principles will enable the stakeholde


Enter the chartered HR professional: A new frontier for Sri Lanka

Views - 482 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:27

It is very encouraging to see the opportunities emerging for Sri Lankan HR professionals to reach a charter status. This is in fact filling a long-felt void in the profession of HR. It is in the broad context of the transformation of the Institute of


An obstreperous monk and ostensible compassion

Views - 83 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:12

The letter signed by a set of powerful Buddhist leaders including two Mahanayakes and the Diyawadana Nilame of Dalada Maligawa, and addressed to Buddha Sasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, appealing for the release of Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara


President’s unfettered discretion on appointing President’s Counsel

Views - 508 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

President’s Counsel is a title to recognise those who have reached eminence in the legal profession and have maintained high standards of conduct and rectitude. The title is equivalent to Queen’s Counsel (QC) or King’s Counsel (KC) in the Briti


Sri Lankan democracy undermined by Eastern Governor appointment

Views - 276 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

Since we proudly celebrated the 85th anniversary of Sri Lankan democracy in 2016, there has been a coup, first to replace a Prime Minister commanding a working majority in Parliament with another who could not muster a majority, followed by a move to


Let’s PhilippOpine

Views - 85 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:20

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena made a historic visit to the Philippines, a five-day State visit supposedly to undertake negotiations with his counterpart President Rodrigo Duterte. The two leaders held bilateral talks on areas of mutual i


For Xi, ‘Toilet Revolution’ is next only to Belt and Road Initiative

Views - 131 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:10

For the Chinese President Xi Jinping, bringing about a ‘Toilet Revolution’ in his country is next only in importance to his international flagship project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) involving the building of multiple ports, airports and


Of Dil-scoops, Blake’s 7 and drug busts

Views - 260 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:10

In mid-2018, national cricketer and erstwhile captain Tillakaratne Dilshan sang the praises of President Maithripala Sirisena for taking a certain executive decision. That was to implement the death penalty – customarily commuted to life imprisonme


Investigating corruption of the Yahapalana Government

Views - 371 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

Investigating into corruption alleged to have taken place during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime was considered the most important responsibility of the Yahapalana Government during its initial years. However, following the cessation of the political a


New Year resolution: Attaining financial freedom in 2019!

Views - 768 Thursday, 24 January 2019 02:16

It is that time of the year when everyone, young and old is journaling their new-year resolutions, and reflecting on the past year. You might be disappointed if you are carrying forward a few resolutions from the past years. You could be thinking, wh


10-year challenge: Has Sri Lanka made progress in last decade to become financially-literate?

Views - 777 Thursday, 24 January 2019 02:11

The ’10-Year Challenge,’ Facebook’s latest social media phenomenon has taken the internet by a storm. People are posting a picture from 10 years ago alongside their current profile picture or some other photograph and the transformation through


Catwalk beyond 400 PPM – Consuming towards disaster!

Views - 155 Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:46

Catwalks sizzle! What’s on the catwalk – the skin, the silk, lycra parading endlessly broadcast to the world whatever new and popular in clothing and accessories and it also communicates desirable dimensions too in a not-too-subtle manner. Knowi


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Will power cuts solve electricity crisis?

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The country faced electricity power cuts, reminding citizens of early 1990s, which resulted in private power producers supplying electrical power with long-term power supply agreements. Today, most have completed their agreement period, but some were


Easter attack: Going beyond condemnation

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Yesterday was Easter Sunday; 227 persons [at the time of writing] have been killed, and many times more injured. The primary targets were churches and international hotels. It seems clear that the extremist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria


Easter Sunday nightmare

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

This is the most important day of the year for Christians – the Peaceful Easter Sunday or Easter Day was shattered by deadly explosions in several Christian churches throughout the country; and we excoriate such hatred in our beloved country. We th


Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


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